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# But man is not destined to vanish. He can be killed, but he

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01 Oct 2010, 04:44
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But man is not destined to vanish. He can be killed, but he cannot be destroyed, because his soul is deathless and his spirit is irrepressible. Therefore, though the situation seems dark in the context of the confrontation between the superpowers, the silver lining is provided by amazing phenomenon that the very nations which have spent
incalculable resources and energy for the production of deadly weapons are desperately trying to find out how they might never be used. They threaten each other, intimidate each other and go to the brink, but before the total hour arrives they withdraw from the brink.
1.The main point from the author's view is that
A.Man's soul and spirit can not be destroyed by superpowers.
B.Man's destiny is not fully clear or visible.
C.Man's soul and spirit are immortal.
D.Man's safety is assured by the delicate balance of power in terms of nuclear weapons.
E.Human society will survive despite the serious threat of total annihilation.

2.The phrase 'Go to the brink' in the passage means
A.Retreating from extreme danger.
B.Declare war on each other.
C.Advancing to the stage of war but not engaging in it.
D.Negotiate for peace.
E.Commit suicide.

3.In the author's opinion
A.Huge stockpiles of destructive weapons have so far saved mankind from a catastrophe.
B.Superpowers have at last realized the need for abandoning the production of lethal weapons.
C.Mankind is heading towards complete destruction.
D.Nations in possession of huge stockpiles of lethal weapons are trying hard to avoid actual conflict.
E.There is a Silver lining over the production of deadly weapons.

4.'Irrepressible' in the second line means
A.incompatible
B.strong
C.oppressive
D.unrestrainable
E.unspirited

5.A suitable title for the above passage is
A.Destruction of mankind is in evitable.
B.Man's desire to survive inhibits use of deadly weapons.
C.Mounting cost of modern weapons.
D.Threats and intimidation between super powers.
E.Cowardly retreat by man

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01 Oct 2010, 06:22
1. C.Man's soul and spirit are immortal.
2. C.Advancing to the stage of war but not engaging in it.
3 D.Nations in possession of huge stockpiles of lethal weapons are trying hard to avoid actual conflict.
4 B.strong
5 B.Man's desire to survive inhibits use of deadly weapons.
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20 Oct 2010, 04:37
I've got D, C, D, D, and B.

I googled this and found that the OAs are:

1. E
2. C
3. D
4. D
5. B

Not sure I agree with E on the first one. I had narrowed it down to D and E, but I feel like the whole point of the passage is that superpowers are reluctant to use their stockpiles of weapons on each other for fear of total destruction of mankind. That would make D a better answer. Thoughts?
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29 Oct 2012, 10:10
TehJay wrote:
I've got D, C, D, D, and B.

I googled this and found that the OAs are:

1. E
2. C
3. D
4. D
5. B

Not sure I agree with E on the first one. I had narrowed it down to D and E, but I feel like the whole point of the passage is that superpowers are reluctant to use their stockpiles of weapons on each other for fear of total destruction of mankind. That would make D a better answer. Thoughts?

Hi,

For the first question, I selected the answer as 'D' too.

From the OA I would assume that "Nuclear Weapons" is reading too much in to the passage.
The author surely suggests how human is not destined to vanish...(meaning total annihiliation). So best choice is 'E'. Though we can classify 'D" as second best.

Any other thoughts are welcome.
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20 Dec 2012, 08:25
I got below
C
C
D
D
B

got 1 wrong...
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22 Aug 2017, 05:43
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Got the last question wrong...

Loved the passage. Short and intense..
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27 Jul 2018, 18:11
Good passage.

All but 1st one incorrect in 5:30 mins.
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28 Jul 2018, 00:04
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Good passage.

All but 1st one incorrect in 5:30 mins.

Thanks for the update. Did you figure out why you got the first question wrong ? Just make sure not to repeat the same mistake again. Good luck.
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28 Jul 2018, 00:19
gmat1393 wrote:
Good passage.

All but 1st one incorrect in 5:30 mins.

Same result for me. In my opinion this passage isn't GMAT-like. What's the source ?
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28 Jul 2018, 00:36
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gmat1393 wrote:
Good passage.

All but 1st one incorrect in 5:30 mins.

Thanks for the update. Did you figure out why you got the first question wrong ? Just make sure not to repeat the same mistake again. Good luck.

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28 Jul 2018, 00:43
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workout wrote:
gmat1393 wrote:
Good passage.

All but 1st one incorrect in 5:30 mins.

Thanks for the update. Did you figure out why you got the first question wrong ? Just make sure not to repeat the same mistake again. Good luck.

I would like to see your analysis for the question and see where you went wrong before we help you out So, reply with your thought process/analysis and we can correct that.
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28 Jul 2018, 03:49
workout wrote:
gmat1393 wrote:
workout wrote:

Thanks for the update. Did you figure out why you got the first question wrong ? Just make sure not to repeat the same mistake again. Good luck.

I would like to see your analysis for the question and see where you went wrong before we help you out So, reply with your thought process/analysis and we can correct that.

Hello,

I got all correct. For me the reasoning for 1st is as below:

Author did mentioned about man that he can not be fully killed indeed. But that isn't author's main concern. He tells us about the nuclear weapons etc that all nations have in their stockpile but none actually uses it. perfect example would be, we recently saw Trump's tweet on launching a nuclear strike on Iran. Even though man is close to annihilation, the mention of him being someone who can't be fully killed helps us infer option E but only if we carefully see that the start of passage supports the end of it. Not the other-way round like in general passages.

if you have a better explanation, please tag me. I would be happy to learn a better approach to analyse this.
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26 Aug 2018, 01:50
Hi,
workout : I need help in Question-3.

Though I answered it correct but for a moment while answering this question I was tempted to mark E. I have observed that in questions like these in other RCs as well I tend to mark the wrong one. What do you suggest I should do in order to avoid this mistake.

My reasoning for E was that Author might say that indeed if all countries produce N-weapons then probably all of them fear each other and hence avoid war. Hence this can be a silver lining.

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Hi,
workout : I need help in Question-3.

Though I answered it correct but for a moment while answering this question I was tempted to mark E. I have observed that in questions like these in other RCs as well I tend to mark the wrong one. What do you suggest I should do in order to avoid this mistake.

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For every question, after you answer it, make sure to go through the explanation and see whether you marked it correct for the right reason. For the trap answer choice, see what you've missed out on since there must be atleast one reason an option can be eliminated.

anse wrote:
My reasoning for E was that Author might say that indeed if all countries produce N-weapons then probably all of them fear each other and hence avoid war. Hence this can be a silver lining.

Thanks.

Answers to the questions must be present in the passage. Your thinking about option E is not stated in the passage. Out of scope error.
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03 Oct 2018, 11:15
what is wrong in 2 B and 5 A?
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03 Oct 2018, 16:37
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Hey psahoo --

Good question! Both of these come down to the same idea: that in the end people aren't actually using the "deadly weapons" on which they've "spent incalculable resources and energy." You can get that all from the word "brink," which means "edge". The people involved are going to the edge of war, but they aren't engaging in it. That's what's wrong with 2B.

For 5A, because they never go to war, you can't say that the destruction of mankind is inevitable because mankind isn't doing the thing that would presumably lead to its destruction (war).
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